Rules of the Road: Solar Eclipse Edition

Rules of the Road: Solar Eclipse Edition

The path of totality will cross 14 states, but all 50 states will see a partial eclipse. "So, in six years, it's going to get two total eclipses, which is pretty awesome". According to NASA he only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers. The American Astronomical Society says you should not be able to see anything through them except the sun itself or something comparably bright. You can't avoid it if you tried.

Monday's eclipse is the first one to be visible from the continental U.S.in 38 years, so you can't blame people for getting a little confused about the details.

Robert Morehead, Texas Tech instructor and director of the Preston Gott Observatory, is in OR to experience an eclipse of the sun that he's been waiting a virtual lifetime to see.

Fourteen states are in the path of totality.

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. People in those 10 states will be able to see the eclipse widely. The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois for 2.44 minutes.

"They come around so rarely, so I absolutely wanted to see it", Knight said. NASA's eclipse pre-show, hosted from Charleston, South Carolina, will start at 12 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. CDT) with the live stream "Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA", at 1 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. CDT). Staring at the sun during the eclipse for even a short time without protective eyewear can cause serious damage to your eyes, potentially burning your retina and even causing vision loss. Beginning in OR, it will travel across the United States to SC, crossing parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina along the way.

The solar eclipse won't last long overall, but you'll have a lengthy window in which to see portions of the eclipse on August 21.

"You can observe the eclipse that way".

Where can I see the solar eclipse? You can also buy special glasses to view the eclipse, but beware: some glasses sold for this goal are fake, and others aren't totally effective, The Washington Post reports.

With the promise of eclipse-themed chocolate-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the historic solar eclipse has quickly become a celebratory event.

Locally, the eclipse will begin at about 1 p.m., reaching maximum coverage at about 2:30 p.m.

The sun is about 93 million miles away and the moon is about 238,000 miles away, Thompson said, but for us they are about the same size in the sky and as the moon passes in front of the sun, it has a very small shadow. Do not use a telescope to look at the sun.

Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

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